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Biscayne National Park Committee-Members from our Community are Talking Turkey, Point that is

       Russell Fisher

       Harold Brewer

       Bob Schmetterer

       Tom Davidson

       Jack Curlett

       Nelson Sim

       Don McClure

       Alan Goldstein

       David Ritz

met on November 18 to hear presenters and discuss our options. Two presenters discussed Florida Power and Lights water cooling problemsat Turkey Point. Julie Dick with the Everglades Law Center and Carolyn McLaughlin with the National Parks Conservation Association spoke to the committee to bring them up to date on the cooling canals.

ORCA is representing the Ocean Reef community in the debate over these issues that directly impact our community.

Some facts:

       A cooling canal system has been in place since 1972 to cool water and dispose of waste water from each of the five power generating units at Turkey Point.

       This cooling canal system encompasses 6,000 acres of environmentally sensitive land directly adjacent to Biscayne National Park, Biscayne Bay and Card Sound.

       Over the 43 years since the canal system was put in place, the industrial wastewater in the system has seeped into groundwater and outward in all directions, which includes hyper-saline water and contaminants posing a threat to surface waters, benthic communities and potable water supply.

What ORCA is asking of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and South Florida Water Management District:

       Maintain existing monitoring and regulatory safeguards under the Fifth Supplemental Agreement

       Strengthen monitoring and operations of the interceptor ditch (designed to restrict movement of saline water from cooling canals)

       Abate, mitigate and remediate groundwater contamination

What is the current concern?

There is a Draft Administrative Order under consideration which if adopted would replace the Fifth Supplemental Agreement in place since 2009. This could result in the following:

       Weaker monitoring requirements

       Fewer sample points and thus less data for monitoring contamination from the cooling system

       Failure to include a full range of options to contain groundwater contamination

       A proposed abatement measure to use more of our Floridan Aquifer water to the cooling system to reduce the westward movement of contamination

       Removal of mitigation and remediation measures

       A transfer of authority away from the District (where all the expertise from decades of knowledge on the canal system resides) and loss of district indemnification and hold harmless clauses

       More use of fresh surface water or our Floridian Aquifer water to reduce salinity without any mitigation such paying for the building of a reverse osmosis plant to provide the fresh water or   paying for damages.